General Conference Book Club Week 10: Elder Bednar

05_02_bednaFirst of all, thank you for your kind and very supportive comments on my last post.  I want to address that some more, but I’ll save it for tomorrow I think.

Welcome back to General Conference Book Club, Week TEN!  I’m not sure I’ve stuck with many goals for ten weeks before, so congratulations to all of you who are still with me on this little study journey.  Even if you’re not participating in the actual club readings, go back and read people’s great comments on the GCBC posts because they really do have some amazing insights and testimonies.

This week’s talk is “Honorably Hold a Name and Standing” by Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.  To be honest, I don’t remember much about this talk, but I do remember how he powerfully expressed his testimony at the end.  I look forward to going back and studying it more carefully.

If this is your first visit to the General Conference Book Club, click here to learn more about it. You’re welcome to join us at any point along the way.

>>Click here to read the talk “Honorably Hold a Name and Standing” by Elder David A. Bednar <<

I’ve included this video produced by the Church as a reminder of how our lives are blessed by the temple.

Have a great week.  God Bless.


6 thoughts on “General Conference Book Club Week 10: Elder Bednar

  1. I always love Elder Bednar’s talks. This one was no exception. I had never related the “garners” in Alma 26 to the temple before.

    Also, I liked how he pointed out the difference between being willing to take on the name of Christ and the actual taking on of His name. “The baptismal covenant clearly contemplates a future event or events and looks forward to the temple.” I think that sometimes we get so focused on the small goals, that we forget the larger ones. Like focusing on sending boys on missions but forgetting that they need to be prepared for a lifetime of priesthood service.

    This talk reminded me that a two hour drive to attend the temple should not be as large a hindrance to temple worship as I have let it become. I am trying to work out a way to make it every month (even thought the solution is to go alone and take turns with my husband watching the kids at home). I want to be a member who “faithfully and consistently worship[s] in the temple.”

    • Charlotte, I was struck by your last paragraph. When my husband and I first moved to North Carolina, we really struggled to get to the temple on dates. It was so expensive, and took such a long time that I wasn’t totally comfortable being gone from my kids for that long. We finally started driving down to the temple, as a family, and rotating sessions. We leave at 6:00 to get the 8:00 session for one of us and the 10:00 session for another. In the meantime, we have staked out the parks, grocery stores, and the little church bookstore. I hope that my children see that the temple is important to us, and we love being able to get there consistently. I hope you find a solution that works just right for you!

      • Wow, your comments (both Becca’s and Charlotte’s) have touched me deeply! I live within 4 miles of our temple, and yet I still struggle to go every month. I admire those like you who live so far away, when it’s truly a sacrifice to go. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This was a wonderful talk. I remember, after conference, so many people saying that Elder Bednar’s was one of their favorites, and yet–if not for this re-read, I’m not sure I would’ve been able to tell you exactly what he’d talked about.

    His message made me reflect on several things:
    1. At the beginning of his talk, he shares that, as a stake president, he “taught relentlessly about and testif[ied] of the eternal importance of temple ordinances, temple covenants, and temple worship. The deepest desire of our presidency was for every member of the stake to receive the blessings of the temple, to be worthy of and to use frequently a temple recommend.” I read this and applied it to my own little family. I wonder: am I teaching my children “relentlessly” about the temple and the importance of covenants? Am I testifying often enough of the peace that can be found there, and the joy that it brings me? Do I realize, often enough, that the deepest desire of my husband and I is for our children to come to the temple?

    2. Like the previous poster, I was struck by the image of the garners–of the sheaves being gathered in to the temple. I was also impressed with the doctrine that we covenant at baptism that we are “willing” to take upon us the name of the Son, but in the temple, we actually DO. Incredible! I had never noticed that before.

    3. Of course, I loved the imagery of the “bells of hell” and the “covenant of the fire.” I remembered a talk I heard in the M.T.C. where the speaker said “Be the kind of missionary that, when you wake up in the morning, Satan thinks ‘Oh no. She’s awake.'” I laughed at the time, but I love that idea: be a threat to the forces of darkness!!!

    I actually think I’m going to go read this one, again, just to soak it in. There was a LOT to think about. Thanks, Steph! Can’t wait for the next one.

  3. 1. I liked his insights into the scriptures he shared. It gave them new meaning for me. And I always love some good Neal A. Maxwell interpretation. I wish I had better understood that garner thing when I was a missionary.

    2. That whole “willing to take up on his his name” concept is new to me and something I’d like to understand better. I had not realized this was not “complete” until participation in temple ordinances.

    3. I love the promises of protection that come from temple worthiness and worship. I feel that sometimes in my life. I think we are protected so much more than we know. I think of how the Savior told his disciples “Satan desires to sift you as wheat.” How true that must be of all endowed members of the Lord’s kingdom, and how we must be protected so much to keep that from happening.

    4. “Within the sound of my voice are many young women, young men, and children. I plead with you to be worthy, to be steadfast, and to look forward with great anticipation to the day you will receive the ordinances and blessings of the temple.” A reminder to me that this is something I should be teaching and testifying often to my own children. They need that vision.

    5. I have often used my husband’s very busy schedule and our tight budget as an excuse to not make it to the temple as often as I should, or even would like to. Recently, I realized that it doesn’t HAVE to be a date. Whenever I’ve had travels elsewhere, I’ve tried to catch a session at a local temple. And a few times, I’ve gotten up early on a Sat. morning to go while Matt and the kids are sleeping. I still think I need to set aside a babysitting budget and put some temple dates on the calendar to make sure it happens more often.

    6. I also think the Lord is merciful of those of us who have small children and cannot go as often as we might wish. I’m reminded that our efforts in making our home a temple are equally as worthy, if not more important (in this stage of life). As in all things, the Lord is mostly concerned about the desires of our hearts and our willingness to serve him and build his kingdom… whether it’s nurturing the living or redeeming the dead. I’m a believer in seasons for all things.

    7. I wanted to get my own thoughts out before I went back and read the other comments. I’m surprised how similar our reactions and thoughts were. I love it when I feel like I’m on a team of like-minded women who are fighting the same fight right along side me. Thanks, ladies. I love your findings and your examples. 🙂

    • Hello..this is my first time visiting this website. I actually am teaching our Relief Society lesson this coming week on this talk by Elder Bednar. I googles the title and I found you. Your comments were so heartfelt and inspiring. I actually haven’t been to the temple in a while because I have a young baby, but I have been so deeply touched by you all that I am going to make arrangements so I can go this Saturday. Thank you for your testimonies.

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